Sustainability case studies

Learn how Sustainability Advantage members are improving their competitiveness and bottom line while achieving enhanced environmental outcomes.

More than 50 members are together saving over $95 million a year from increased productivity and significant reductions in energy, water, waste and raw materials.



YHA foyer Railway Square

YHA Ltd is taking the backpacker hostel industry to new eco-friendly heights. Discover how seven NSW properties, part of the world's biggest budget accommodation network, promote the benefits of low impact travel by running a more sustainable business.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 459KB)

Aged care

BCS care centre, Kularoo

Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT

The Project and Sustainability Manager at Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT is on a mission – to make herself redundant. Jodie Rutherford says that eventually her job should not exist once sustainability is embedded into the not-for-profit care organisation.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 381KB)

Aquatic centres

North Sydney Olympic Pool

Sustainability Advantage developed two technical guides to help aquatic centre operators better manage energy and water use and save money. Both guides contain case studies of successful projects.

The Energy and water metering and monitoring guide for aquatic centres focusses on types of energy and water meters, steps in setting up a metering and monitoring system, and using the data obtained to better manage energy use.

Read the full guide or download pdf (PDF 907KB)

The Energy efficient water heating technology guide for aquatic centres focusses on steps that can be taken to improve energy efficiency, including demand management, optimising operations and equipment upgrades, and compares the performance of common water heating technologies.

Read the full guide or download pdf (PDF 1MB)


Oak Flats brasserie

Oak Flats Bowling and Recreation Club

CEO Matt O’Hara describes his Shellharbour club as average-sized, with three bowling greens, 9500 members and 65 employees; average in dimensions perhaps, but far from the everyday in how it saves precious resources and serious money with a smart, green approach to business.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 399KB)


TAFE Illawarra, Wollongong Campus

TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute

When TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute discovered how much money it would save by automatically shutting down its Wollongong campus computers at 10.30pm over one weekend, management soon extended the idea to all 14 campuses every night of the week – for a saving of $50,000 a year. That was just the start...

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 429KB)

Food and beverage

Man installing burner for flaring of biogas


Discover how one of Australia's largest fresh food producers plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its major meat processing plant in Wagga Wagga by more than 27 per cent while also improving energy and water efficiency.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 429KB)


Solar panels at Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie City Council

The eco-conscious citizens of Lake Macquarie calculated that to support the current lifestyle of a typical resident they would need 3.8 earths. Since there is only one planet, Lake Macquarie City Council is busy developing sustainable approaches to life and business – one action at a time.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 385KB)


Edstein employee at work

Edstein Creative Stone

Edstein Creative Stone became a Silver Partner in 2011 and won the NSW Business Chamber Excellence in Sustainability award in 2013, the same year they undertook the Sustainability Advantage 'Green Lean' program, realising an additional $157,000 in savings. Find out more about their participation in Green Lean here.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 589KB)

So dramatic has been the changes at Edstein Creative Stone that it now buys no water – not one drop – from the local water authority. Water self-sufficiency is just one benefit of a new approach to sustainable business that is helping the award-winning Taree-based stonemason save more than $75,000 a year in water, power and waste costs.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 377KB)


Two employees from Geofabrics


Albury-based geosynthetics manufacturer Geofabrics worked behind the scenes – and below the surface – to bring the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa to a worldwide audience of billions. This regional NSW company and sustainability leader helped to create the stages on which the superstars of the sport displayed their skills.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 454KB)


Employee of Owens-Illinois, Sydney inspecting glass bottles

Owens-Illinois Sydney

By its very nature, glass is green. It’s pure, made of natural materials and 100 per cent infinitely recyclable. This helps ensure Owens-Illinois, (O-I), the world’s largest manufacturer of glass packaging, has its sustainability practices in place.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 257KB)


Steber employees standing outside ship building site in Taree

Steber International

A multi award-winning boatbuilding business launched just after World War II, has not only stood the test of time but is now using a new focus on sustainability to enhance a proud reputation 65 years in the making.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 365KB)


BPG factory and office complex at Wetherill Park

Bright Print Group

In an industry where every dollar counts, the Bright Print Group is always looking to trim costs and be more efficient. It came as no surprise to Bright Print Group that the surest way to save money – $15,000 each year on water alone – was to sharpen its sustainability practices and pursue eco-friendly principles.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 430KB)


Canon Office, North Ryde


The Japanese have a word for it – kyosei. This corporate philosophy has helped multinational technology giant Canon become one of the world’s most respected, innovative and successful companies. Discover how kyosei is powering Canon Australia to new achievements in sustainability.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 447KB)


Two employees from Coleman Greig

Coleman Greig Lawyers

Western Sydney law firm, Coleman Greig, has embraced a more sustainable approach to business as a means to attract more business. Apart from cutting electricity use by 6% and paper consumption by 25%, Coleman Greig has built new relationships with organisations in Australia’s third largest economic region, some of whom are now clients.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 349KB)

Employee presenting on sustainability

Compass Housing

Compass Housing is proving that corporate success is directly linked not only to better environmental performance, but also to a deeper appreciation of social sustainability. The company takes a holistic approach that goes beyond the sole focus of energy and resource savings to include the personal sustainability, or wellbeing, of the disadvantaged people it helps.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 359KB)

Converga rainforest rescue team


Business processing and outsourcing company Converga is in the frontline of the war on paper. The company’s digital document management services not only save time and money for clients, but for every 1 million invoices, up to 800 tonnes of CO2 and 3200 trees can be saved if the invoices are processed digitally.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 292KB)

CSC client meeting


Cutting carbon emissions in office energy consumption and flights by almost a quarter is possible, but it takes passion and a plan. IT services firm CSC achieved this, and much more, as part of a revamp of its sustainability performance in Australia. CSC now wants to help clients measure and reduce their carbon footprint.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 435KB)

St George electric car

St George Corporate and Business Bank

The offices of a financial services firm are not the first place you would expect to find a ruthless push to cut the use of paper. St George Corporate and Business Bank, Western Region declared war on paper waste and across 12 months surprised itself at just how much paper, and money, could be saved.

Read the full case study or download pdf (PDF 438KB)

Waste water treatment

Hunter Water Corporation

The Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Wastewater Treatment Facilities guide was developed by Sustainability Advantage to help wastewater treatment plant operators (WWTP) and council managers in the areas of sustainability, environment and energy, to better manage their electricity bills, optimise operations, generate electricity from bio-solids and upgrade equipment. The guide also contains several case studies.

Read the full guide or download pdf (PDF 2.2MB)

Previous case studies

Was this page helpful?

Thank you for your feedback.

Would you like to tell us more?

Share this

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter More...
Page last updated: 28 June 2019